The farm George and Lennie hope to own is a symbol of the American Dream. Like a mirage, the farm leads George, Lennie, and other ranchers like Candy and Crooks, to indulge in the dream of living "off the fatta the lan.'" George's elaborate description of the farm's abundant plants and animals also makes it seem like a symbol of paradise.
George and Lennie's Farm Quotes in Of Mice and Men
The Of Mice and Men quotes below all refer to the symbol of George and Lennie's Farm. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Of Mice and Men published in 1993.).
Part 1 Quotes
"Well," said George, "we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof."
Related Characters: George Milton (speaker)
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Part 4 Quotes
I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads . . . every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land.
Part 5 Quotes
I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.
George and Lennie's Farm Symbol Timeline in Of Mice and Men
The timeline below shows where the symbol George and Lennie's Farm appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Lennie's urging, George describes their future. They'll save money until they can buy their own farm. George describes the farm right down to its rabbit hutches. Lennie can't contain his excitement... (full context)
...laughing at him, though Lennie was just smiling while thinking of tending rabbits on the farm. Curley starts punching Lennie, bloodying his face. Lennie only fights back when George tells him... (full context)